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Illinois boaters will soon need to think twice before launching at area lakes. New legislation targets the spread of invasive plant species by penalizing owners with weeds attached to their boats, the so-called "aquatic hitchhikers" that have put a major strain on lake ecosystems across northern Illinois. A bill awaiting Gov. Pat Quinn's signature would impose fines for violators. "It's not about collecting fines — we're trying to be friendly and educate with these regulations," said State Rep. JoAnn Osmond of Gurnee, the bill's sponsor.